Elections Are Over: What's Next?

12:04 AM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in Tuesday night's election. So it's back to business as usual for him, and when the ballots were counted, the balance of Congress stayed the same as well! Republicans still control the House of Representatives and the democrats still control the Senate! That means we could be in for the same gridlock we've seen the past four years.

But there was a major shift in North Carolina's government. Republican Pat McCrory will replace democrat Bev Perdue in the governor's mansion. He is North Carolina's first republican governor in 20 years. 

Out of our 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, before election night, democrats held a seven-six edge. Now, at least nine of the 13 seats will likely be held by republicans with one race too close to call. 

The G.O.P has also expanded their hold on the State house.  Republicans increased the share to 77 out of the total 120 seats. That's nine more than the 68 seats they had before election night.

So now the question is: what's next for our nation and our state? Rebecca Klase, Political Science Professor from Greensboro College joined Frank Mickens on WFMY News 2 at 11:00. Starting ont he topic of the state, she said, "I think the biggest difference we're going to see is in the budget negotiations. They've got a clear advantage going into this process where we're going to begin forming our budget for the next two years and with a governor that they know if going to support alot of what they do, they're going to be a little more aggressive in putting forward some of these issues they've wanted to get on the table for the last couple of years." Klase said that could include less emphasis on environmental issues, more emphasis on economic development and promoting more jobs and economic issues.

Looking at the national picture, Klase said people are tired of Congress not getting along. She said the key will be the people -- both individuals in congress, and citizens holding their congresspeople accountable.

To hear the full interview, click play in the video window.

WFMY News 2

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